In an event considered unprecedented, a representative of the Rizal community intervened on Wednesday morning before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The letter was responsible for Kent Francis James, a member of the Colombian defense team in the ongoing case with Nicaragua in that Supreme Court.
The lawyer and diplomat also emphasized that for his community, The Caribbean Sea has always meant their home, refuge and livelihood.
“Followers of the faith of Raizales are baptized at sea. A cemetery for those who have gone away and have not returned. It is the source of true and imaginary stories, tales, fables, adventures, fun and sadness. As Raizales says: it is a gift from God “, he emphasized.
Kent Francis James is a lawyer from the University of Externado de Colombia. He has been in politics since 1984.
He was one of the founders of the Broad Claim movement, a liberal group initially made up of self-proclaimed Island professionals Against the island’s cultural and environmental degradation and increased migration.
(what’s more: “Nicaragua tried to make accidents that didn’t exist”)
In 1991, he was appointed the first governor of San Andrés y Providencia by President Cesar Gaviria; He held this position until 1992, when Simon Gonzalez Restrepo, the first governor elected by popular vote, took office.
In the 2014 Colombian legislative elections he was a candidate for the Senate from the Liberal Party, but to no avail. He was the ambassador of Belize under the government of Ernesto Samper and the ambassador of Colombia to Jamaica between 2003 and 2007, He was also responsible for diplomatic representation in Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana, as embassies in those countries closed in 2002.
It must be remembered that Francis James is part of the so-called Raizal team, which was appointed years ago to strengthen the Colombian legal team, highlighting the interests of the archipelago and the rights of use of the people of Raizal.
The Hague Tribunal is examining whether Nicaragua is correct in asserting that Colombia has violated international law through its national naval operations in the Caribbean.
It is good to note that this issue is not about territorial sovereignty or the territorial sea. Colombia’s sovereignty over the islands is not in dispute.